Tag Archives: bear sighting

The BEAR Facts!

Standard
Back Garden

Bird/squirrel/deer/ AND bear (?) feeders???

Howdy folks and happy SUNNY (here anyway) Saturday!  Finally, a day without clouds and rain.  Whew!  It’s about time.

SO – here’s the excitement I want to share today.  Yesterday when Mom and Dad were out in the yard cleaning up after all the rain, they discovered that all three bird feeders (you can see one dark green one in this picture hanging there) were bent down to the ground.  The poles that hold the feeders are big fat metal things so they are very hard to bend….and the feeders were laying in the dirt.  Not only that, but the bit metal hangars that attach the feeders to the poles were MISSING!  Dad eventually found one in the woods but the other one is just plain gone.  We see all kinds of creatures around the feeders – the smarty pants squirrels figured out long ago how to get around the “squirrel proof” part of the feeders by shinnying up the poles and wrapping their toes around the metal hook and hanging down over the sloped top of the feeder to grab sunflower seeds (little devils)…..and we have seen groundhogs snuffling around in the dirt looking for the spillage (!)…..deer are a regular visitor too and they don’t have the strength to bend those metal poles down to the ground.

So what was it?  We think BEARS.  Yep – black bears have been seen in our neighborhood for a while and in other neighborhoods out here in the country too.  In fact, there was a picture in the local paper that Mom showed me of a baby bear crawling in someone’s outdoor hammock in their yard!! 

I guess during the several days of rain we had a bear or bunch of ’em came and helped themselves.  Sunflower seeds for everyone!   Mom and Dad are going to leave the feeders down for several days to discourage any UNWANTED creatures from visiting.  Bears can be very dangerous………and I’ve heard they don’t mind munching on an occasional cat !!!!! 

So those are the BEAR facts………scary huh?! 

Sammy, One Spoiled Cat (on the lookout for bears)

Early Morning Stroll With Mom

Standard

Hi everybody!  It’s a pretty morning here…..Mom and I just were in the back yard and she took this picture so I thought I’d share (although I’m not in it so it’s not as CUTE as it would be if I was!!):

Sam's backyard

Mom didn't get me in this picture - I was sitting at her feet!

It’s a pretty sunny morning here – Mom and I figured we’d enjoy nice weather while we can since Hurricane Irene is visiting us this weekend.  Gotta move yard furniture inside, make sure the birdfeeders are safe from the wind and make sure nothing else is “loose” out there so it won’t fly around and break something! 

In our little local newspaper this week there was a photo of a small black bear – guess where the picture was taken?  Just one street over from us!!   We have had them roaming around here before but it’s been a while – I think lots of animals are looking for food this summer since it’s been so dry.  Not much greenery to munch on.  The creek down in our woods has even dried up.  We are seeing LOTS more deer up in our yard looking for anything they can eat.  I bet that bear was hoping to find some tasty vegetable garden treats!  We used to have a vegetable garden in our backyard.  Now that the trees are so big, we don’t get enough sun.  Mom does have a tomato plant on the deck though – they have just enough sun up there to keep the plant happy enough to give us tomatoes all summer.  I’m not interested in them for eating purposes but Mom and Dad like them so that’s good enough for me!! 

My Dad’s at the airport this morning flying his plane.  I thought maybe I’d get Mom to upload a picture she took of our little town of Warrenton from the air – pretty neat huh?

Warrenton viewed from a cockpit

Warrenton, Virginia as the birds see it!

You can’t see our house in this picture but I’ve posted a picture of it before on my blog….Mom and Dad flew over the house and got a way cool shot of MY domain from the air! 

Ever wondered what it would be like to be a bird?  I wonder all the time.  If I wasn’t such a scaredy cat and afraid of loud noises, I bet my Dad would take me flying with him in the airplane.  There’s only two seats in the plane but I could sit behind him up on the little tray where the headphones sit……I’d have a GREAT view just like the birds have up there. 

Meanwhile back here on earth we’re hoping that all our friends near the water stay safe from the storm.  That goes for all the birds, deer, bears (!) and humans too. 

Happy Friday peeps!

Sammy, One Spoiled Cat (with a flying Dad!)